Adrian College lost a dear colleague and friend on March 24, 2012. Jane McCloskey, former Director of Academic Services, died surrounded by family in Chicago. While at the College, Jane directed the TRIO funded program serving first generation, low income and/or disabled students. She also oversaw tutoring services, wrote grants and sat on multiple committees. She retired in 2010, having joined the staff in 1994.
President Docking expressed the sentiments of many on campus: “Jane will be remembered by all who knew her- as compassionate, smart and caring. No student who stepped into her office left without their question answered or need addressed.”
Born in Robesonia, Pa., in 1946 as Jane Koch Himmelberger, she graduated valedictorian from Conrad Weiser Area Schools and earned her bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University and her M.Ed. from Radford University. As her obituary noted, “she believed in serving students and providing opportunities for success particularly for disadvantaged students and for students with disabilities. As a former college athlete herself, she also had special interest in students who tried to balance academics and athletics. She always knew that she would return to her own roots: working with students who, like herself, are from first-generation, low–income backgrounds entering college with numerous possibilities and expectations, but little direction on how to navigate the college world.”
Her husband, Dennis, of 43 years recently stated, “She had three loves in her life: family, college students and Adrian College.”
Funeral services were held in her hometown of Robesonia on March 31, 2012. In a eulogy to her mom, daughter Erin McCloskey Maus read tributes to Jane posted on Facebook from students and former students.
An advocate for students in need, she was recognized as a Phenomenal Woman at Adrian College in 2002, and by the Alumni Association with the AC Stewardship Award in 2010. To honor Jane, her family and Adrian College have established the Jane McCloskey Memorial Scholarship Award to benefit first generation, low income, and disabled students who attend the college she loved. Donations can be sent to the Adrian College Development Office in the name of Adrian College/Jane McCloskey Memorial.